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The woman who called 911 to ask a police officer on a date
A woman in Aloha, Oregon, called 911 because she thought a deputy who had just visited her house on a complaint was good-looking. After her neighbors reported a noise complaint, two sheriff's deputies knocked on Lorna Jeanne Dudash's door. One of them caught her eye. When they left, Dudash dialed 9-1-1 in a desperate attempt to get the deputy she described to dispatchers as “a cutie pie” to return.
She said that she didn't have an emergency; she just wanted the dispatcher to “throw the cute police back her way”. The “cute” deputy returned, and, once he determined there was no legitimate emergency, he arrested Dudash for misusing 9-1-1. She now faces a fine of up to several thousand dollars and up to a year in jail.
The woman who called 911 because McDonald's didn't have McNuggets
Angered that her local McDonald's was out of Chicken McNuggets, a Florida woman called 911 three times to report the fast food "emergency." Latreasa Goodman, 27, called police to complain that a cashier would not give her a refund. When cops responded to the restaurant, Goodman told them, "This is an emergency. If I had known they didn't have McNuggets, I wouldn't have given my money, and now she wants to give me a McDouble, but I don't want one." She was arrested and the Police pressed charges for misusing the 911 system.
The wife who called 911 to make her husband stop watching porn
A frustrated German housewife called police because her husband would not stop watching porn movies. The 44-year-old woman, from Aachen, dialed the emergency police number and told the dispatcher in a weepy voice there was an emergency. But when officers arrived at the scene they found her pacing the apartment while her husband, 46, sat in front of the TV watching a blue movie. She was told however that there was nothing the police could do in such a case, but refered her to a counselor for help.
I have found that nearly everyone I speak with knows what 911 is and has probably used it at least once. We have all adjusted to calling 911 for any emergency we have. The problem is that too many people use 911 for issues that are not actual emergencies. Most of you know that your local police department has a non-emergency number, right? For some of you, the non-emergency number in your area is a generic one, 311. Others will simply use the non-emergency phone number of their local police department. You can find that information in your local phone book.
A false emergency call proved expensive for a Bluff man in the Invercargill District Court yesterday.
Michael Ethan O'Hara, 19, welder, was fined $1200 for making a false statement and using a phone for fictitious purposes on April 10 at Bluff.